A changing of the guard continues at Chesapeake Energy. Today the company announced one of its board members, V. Burns Hargis, is stepping down and will be replaced by Louis A. Raspino. Hargis headed up the internal audit committee that looked into whether or not CEO Aubrey McClendon’s personal financial deals had compromised the company. Hargis and the audit committee concluded nothing improper was done. The Securities & Exchange Commission, however, has transitioned from “a probe” into McClendon’s dealings into “an investigation.”
We suspect Chesapeake’s second largest outside investor, Carl Icahn (a corporate raider looking to flip his investment in the company into big money), also had something to do with Hargis’ departure. Icahn voted against Hargis at the last board election in June 2012. Hargis tendered his resignation immediately following the vote but the board refused it at that time. This time they accepted it.